Posted on 07.11.16 by A_Gibb
Whatever happens in the next 24 hours it is going to be a sad day, when it comes, saying good bye to these guys…
Delighted to come across these images in Architectural Digest I was completely un-amazed at how beautiful the Obama’s apartments in the White House were… and of course, what makes the rooms so beautiful and so very ‘them’ are the art works…
Interior designer, Michael Smith, mellowed the Yellow Oval Room with smoky browns, greens, golds, and blues. The 1978 Camp David peace accords were signed at the antique Denis-Louis Ancellet desk in the foreground. But it is the two landscapes on the right that got me…
This is Barack’s den… Filled with memorabilia including one of the President’s two Grammy Awards, family photos, and a personalised football. This is where Mr. Obama often retreats late at night. He uses the room’s namesake table (far right), which has been in the White House since 1869, as a desk. George Catlin scenes of Native American life hang on walls covered in custom-stenciled Larsen Abaca wallpaper, a banana fibre weaving with uneven effects available from Jane Clayton
The central hall contains paintings by Sam Francis and Hans Hofmann.
In the West Hall, Alma Thomas’s 1973 Sky Light hangs above an English mahogany pier table and a record player and some records!
Late-1960s Robert Mangold works hang on the Family Dining Room’s Jasper fabric-covered walls. The plants… the chandelier… swoon.
The sideboard hosts Christopher Spitzmiller ceramic lamps.
The Family Sitting Room contains a Sean Scully artwork, a Roman Thomas sofa, a Baker floor lamp, and a Jasper side table.
I can’t quite believe this is Michelle and Barack’s bedroom…?? Errr night night!
A cheeky little pair of Morandis are tucked away in a corner…
Amazing! Fingers crossed for tomorrow.
Photography by Michael Mundy